Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Have a Win-Win Attitude – Part II
Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:1-14 NLT
Key Verse: Matthew 7:12 NLT
“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”
Please take note of the first two verses of today’s Scripture Reading:
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
Jesus gives you a simple way out of judgement… stop judging others! Jesus also tells us that if we judge others, then the standard by which we judge others will be the standard God uses on us.
Since we will all stand before God someday, surely you want the standard God uses to be generous and merciful. Just remember to always be generous and merciful to the people around you. This is easy to say but difficult to do. Most of us find it easier to be harsher on others than we are on ourselves.
Covey says: “We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behaviour.” This is certainly true. We usually feel our own intentions are good even when our behavior results in something bad. If we give that kind of generous judging to others, then we will receive that same when we stand before God.
Like me, I am sure you have been in conversation with someone when another’s name comes up. At this point remember to be generous with your words. Even when we know or hear something negative about a person, it is seldom necessary to repeat negativity.
Why is it so hard for us to keep this kind of negative perspective to ourselves? One reason is that we feel better about ourselves when we talk about the weaknesses and faults of others. The Biblical reason we love to spread bad news about others is our fallen natures. Christ-followers can ask God for reminders and strength to overcome this sinful inclination so that we can honor Him with the words we speak about others.
Jesus gives us additional motivation to be careful about our words in Matthew 12:36-37:
“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words, you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Father, forgive me for the empty and negative words that I have spoken about others. Remind me to be kind and generous with my opinions. In Jesus’s name, amen.